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Letter from the President
Film/video season highlights included the Regis Dialogue and Retrospective programs with directors Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand and Alexander Payne, made possible by Regis Foundation. The Walker was host to a number of premieres, including Patrice Laconte's Intimate Strangers, Roger Mitchell's Enduring Love, Todd Solondz's Palindromes, Harry Smith's Mahagonny, Theo Angelopoulos' Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow, Jessica Yu's In the Realms of the Unreal, and Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's Cote d'Azur. Summer Music & Movies: Six the Hard Way, copresented with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, was sponsored by Target Corporation as part of Walker without Walls, with promotional assistance provided by City Pages and Cities 97.

In November, MNTV 2004 was broadcast with support from the Jerome Foundation. In December, the British Television Advertising Awards returned for its 28th year, with a record-breaking 11,000 patrons attending screenings at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theater. In May, the American Express Philanthropic Program (since renamed Ameriprise Financial) sponsored one of our most vital annual film series, Women with Vision 2005: Amid Chaos, with actor Joan Allen introducing the festival's closing feature, Yes, in which she played the leading role. Once again, the Girls in the Director's Chair screenings of works by young Minnesota filmmakers were supported by the Surdna Foundation and Best Buy Children's Foundation. To christen the refurbished Cinema during the Walker's grand-opening weekend, selections from the Walker Archives and the Edmond R. Ruben Film and Video Study Collection were screened. Additional support for the film/video department was provided by the Bentson Family Fund for the Acquisition, Conservation, and Preservation of Film, and Elizabeth and Andrew Redleaf.

In July, the Walker collaborated with the American Institute of Architects Minnesota (AIA Minnesota) to present Landings: Summer Design Series 2004 at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, with participants considering the natural, cultural, and commercial histories and futures of various spaces. With support from Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc., speakers included Julie Bargmann from D.I.R.T. studio, Brad Cloepfil from Allied Works Architecture, Matthew Coolidge from the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Rick Joy of Rick Joy Architects. In May, the design department presented Insights 2005: Design and . . . in partnership with the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Minnesota (AIGA/Minnesota), with presentations by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger of Antenna Design in New York, Maureen Mooren and Daniel van der Velden of MM&DVDD in Amsterdam, Paul Sahre of the Office of Paul Sahre in New York, and John Christakos and Maurice Blanks of Blu Dot Design in Minneapolis. The department received five design awards this year, including three for the Walker without Walls identity campaign from the AIGA, I.D. Magazine, and AIGA/Minnesota. Print magazine featured the new Walker identity in its March/April 2005 issue.

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